This year, the Jagers of Madison proved an old adage: They’re a family that stays together to play together.
What they play together is high school girls hockey, for the Sun Prairie Cap City Cougars. Zephryn Jager is a junior forward, Jenna Jager is a senior goaltender and Mike Jager is an assistant coach with the Sun Prairie-based co-operative team.
How they stay together is by making the daily trip from Madison La Follette, where Zephryn and Jenna are students, to the Ice Pond of Waunakee, where the Cougars usually practice. Game nights — especially road game nights — mean even more time together for the Jagers and their teammates.
Over the regular season, Zephryn Jager scored 10 goals and added 20 assists for 30 points, including two game-winning goals. She then helped the Cap City Cougars earn a repeat berth in the WIAA state tournament, scoring an overtime goal to give her team a 5-4 victory over the Onalaska co-op in the sectional final — the team’s eighth victory in 10 games.
As a result, Zephryn Jager has been named the 2019 Wisconsin State Journal All-Area Player of the Year.
Zephryn Jager, jr., Cap City
Anika Einbeck, so., Rock County
Alyssa Knauf, so., Rock County
Cammi Ganshert, sr., Rock County
Mackenzie Rosin, jr., Cap City
Gwen Parker, sr., Metro Lynx
Haley Knauf, jr., Rock County
Sierra Berg, sr., Metro Lynx
Amanda Bauer, so., Cap City
Lizzie Patton, sr., Badger Lightning
Megan Biesmann, sr., Metro Lynx
(WSJ had mistakenly listed Amanda Bauer in net)
Haley Meskin, sr., Metro Lynx
Paige Nelson, jr., Icebergs
Hailie Hefel, so., Icebergs
Olivia Cronin, fr., Rock County
Jenna Jager, sr., Cap City
Camryn McKersie, fr., Metro Lynx